The Home Wine Program uses the following definitions for sweetness.                                                                                                                     

Dry                                 up to 4g/l                   

Medium dry              from 4 to 12g/l              

Medium sweet        from 12 to 45g/l              

Sweet                          above 45g/l       

Dessert                       above 80g/l              

The figures for dry through to sweet are in accordance with EU regulations and that for dessert is from the US Department of Agriculture.



The body of a wine is influenced by the amount of soluble solids. The following scale was derived by studying tasting notes for several wines from a panel of judges, and comparing them with the calculated soluble solids levels.

Very light                                up to 1% 

Light                                         from 1 to 1.8%

Light to medium                from 1.8 to 2.6%

Medium                                  from 2.6 to 3.3%

Full                                            from 3.3 to 4%

Very full                                  above 4%



The tannin content of white wines is usually up to 0.05%, and rose’ wines contain around 0.08%. 

Reds range from around 0.12% for lighter wines to 0.25% for the heavier ones.